Introducing Jessie Westfall, Ryder's new principal

Introducing Jessie Westfall, Ryder's new principal
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Dear Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District Families:

It is with great pride and excitement that I introduce myself to you as the new PreK-2 Principal at Ryder Elementary School.  My name is Jessie Westfall and I currently live in Delanson, with my husband and our two daughters. 

I started my career in education in 2004, as a First Grade teacher for nine years at Duanesburg Elementary School.  I had the great benefit of not only teaching in that community, but I also graduated and grew up in that rural community as well.  I obtained my School Building Leader certificate and continued to seek professional opportunities that would allow me to gain experiences to help fulfill my dream of becoming an educational leader.  In 2013, I took a leave of absence from Duanesburg and worked at the New York State Education Department in the Office of Higher Education for two years. In that position I worked as part of a team that was responsible for implementing initiatives related to teacher and school leader effectiveness.  I worked with the colleges and universities in NYS to ensure that their curriculum and guidance was preparing preservice teachers for the world of teaching that we see today.  

In 2015, I became the PreK-6 Elementary Principal and CPSE/CSE Chairperson at Worcester Central School. WCS has 375 students in PreK-12, and is located in a very rural, high poverty community.  However, the community is rich in pride, contains dedicated teachers and staff, and has very supportive families. When I heard that Cobleskill-Richmondville was looking for a new leader for Ryder Elementary, I immediately became excited at the possibility of leading in a district of similar demographics, climate, and community, to the one that I grew up in, taught in, and have led in. I have a passion for rural education, as well as an excitement for primary, foundational-level education.  A child’s early years are the foundation for his or her future development, providing a strong base for lifelong learning and learning abilities, including cognitive and social development.

I am greatly looking forward to meeting you and your children, as we begin the journey of  the 2020-2021 school year together.  Even though our September opening may not look and feel  like our traditional “back-to-school” time, please know that we will all be working together to ensure the safety and health of your children.  We will continue to keep the lines of communication open as well, and will keep you up-to-date as much as we can as we get closer to September.  

Please feel free to reach out at any time to say hello and to introduce yourself, and to ask any questions that you may have.  I look forward to sharing in this educational journey together! 

Jessie Westfall
Ryder Elementary Principal